NUR-SULTAN – Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Ak Zhol Democratic Party nominee Daniya Yespayeva have collected the most signatures of the seven candidates registered as of May 6 by the Kazakh Central Election Commission for the June 9 presidential election.
According to CEC regulations, the candidates are required to collect at least 118,146 signatures, which is 1 percent of Kazakhstan’s 11,814,019 registered voters. Candidates must also pass a Kazakh language examination and be free of a list of 107 physical and mental ailments.
Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev nominated by the ruling Nur Otan Party collected the most signatures at 313,653 signatures from 17 regions.
Tokayev was followed by Daniya Yespayeva nominated by the Ak Zhol Democratic Party who collected 139,541 reliable signatures from all 17 regions.
Yespayeva was closely followed by Zhambyl Akhmetbekov nominated by the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan who collected 135,506 reliable signatures from 16 regions.
Amirzhan Kossanov nominated by the Ult Tagdyry United National Patriotic Movement collected 129,582 reliable signatures from 14 regions.
Toleutai Rakhimbekov nominated by the Auyl People’s Democratic Patriotic Party collected 120,754 reliable signatures from 15 regions.
Amangeldy Taspikhov nominated by the Kazakh Trade Unions Federation collected 120,175 reliable signatures from 15 regions.
Sadybek Tugel nominated by the Uly Dala Kyrandary National Public Association collected 119,577 reliable signatures from 15 regions.
The CEC has also rejected the nomination of Zhumatai Aliyev nominated by the Khalyk Demographiyasy Public Association after Aliyev failed the Kazakh language exam.
The candidates will be allowed to campaign from May 11 to midnight June 8, one day prior to the day of the vote.